Energy Efficiency and Human Activity: Past Trends, Future Prospects

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This book, sponsored by the Stockholm Environment Institute, presents a detailed analysis of changes in world energy use over the past twenty years. It considers the future prospects of energy demand, and discusses ways of restraining growth in consumption in order to meet environmental and economic development goals. Based on a decade of research by the authors and their colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in collaboration with the Stockholm Environment Institute, it presents a wealth of information on energy use and the forces shaping it in the industrial, developing, and formerly planned economies. Looking separately at industry, passenger travel, freight transport, and the residential and service sectors, the authors describe the impact on energy use of growth in activity, structural change, and change in energy intensities, and discuss the role of energy prices and energy conservation policies in the industrial countries and the former Soviet Union. The book presents an overview of the potential for improving energy efficiency, and discusses the policies that could help realize the potential. While calling for strong action by governments and the private sector, the authors stress the importance of considering the full range of factors that will shape realization of the energy efficiency potential around the world.
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"...a concentrated compilation of essential information, accompanied by analytical comment sometimes so acute that it would verge on the nit-picking, were it not so obviously relevant to the global energy future." Walt Patterson, New Scientist

"...impeccable methodology and logic...skillful organization and good writing have made [this book] uncommonly readable...the book is homework for understanding energy matters throughout the world..." Whole Earth Review

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Table of Contents

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Prologue. The transition to costlier energy 1
1 Looking at energy use: an introduction 52
Pt. I Past trends 71
2 World energy rise since 1970: an overview 73
3 Historic trends in manufacturing 84
4 Historic trends in transportation 111
5 Historic trends in the residential sector 148
6 Historic trends in the service sector 178
7 Trends between 1973 and 1988: summary and key issues 192
Pt. II Future prospects 219
8 Outlook for activity and structural change 221
9 Energy intensities: prospects and potential 250
10 Scenarios of future energy intensities 286
Pt. III Shaping the future 303
11 Encouraging energy efficiency: policies and programs 305
12 Energy and human activity: steps toward a sustainable future 328
Appendix A: Data sources for the OECD countries 353
Appendix B: Notes on OECD energy intensity scenarios 362
Index 369
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